If you have acreage, there’s no reason not to compost. Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years, according to the World Wildlife Fund, and it can be replenished with organic material like kitchen food scraps, peelings, dead leaves, tea bags and coffee grounds. Another astonishing statistic: the USDA reported in June 2013 that it estimates that food waste in America is 30 to 40% of the entire US food supply and it goes into landfill every year. Seattle recently made it the law to compost and, here in the Catskills you can have your food scraps taken away, but there’s no reason why you can’t just make the compost and throw it in your forest or on your garden. Nature consumes all.
Composting is as easy as throwing your food scraps in another container instead of the garbage, that’s it.
Collect food waste in your kitchen. You can buy small kitchen counter top containers with carbon filters to mask the smell. Or you can collect it in a bowl and cover with a towel. Don’t compost meat scraps if you live in the country because you’ll attract bears. In fact, meat, bones, and fatty foods, such as cheese, sauces, salad dressing, and leftover cooking oil, should be put in the garbage.
You can either make your own large composting container or buy a barrel to put outside. Empty your counter top container into the large barrel daily or weekly with a cup or two of soil and turn the barrel.
You can download a complete composting guide from Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency.